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  • Danish minister: Muslims shouldn't work during Ramadan, it's dangerous for society

    05/21/2018 4:57:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 21 May 2018 12:15 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    A Danish minister known for her strong anti-immigration views on Monday May 21st called for Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan, saying the practice is “dangerous for all of us”. The comments from immigration and integration minister Inger Stojberg, a member of the center-right Liberal Party, come after Ramadan, one of Islam’s most revered holidays in which Muslims around the world fast from dawn until dawn, began last week. “I want to call on Muslims to take leave from work during the month of Ramadan to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish...
  • Germany and EU partners scramble to save Iran deal

    05/21/2018 4:45:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 May 2018 14:54 CEST+02:00
    Germany is leading the charge to rescue the Iran deal and the economic inroads German and European companies have made into the restricted economy since 2016. EU leaders are keen to salvage the deal shaped by Obama’s administration after President Trump on May 12th pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal, in which Iran committed to denuclearize in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, was signed by Iran, the US and the international community in 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and a host of other EU leaders have...
  • 'Absurd and incomprehensible': France warns that US-China trade deal could cost Europe

    05/20/2018 3:45:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 20 May 2018 15:00 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Europe could end up rueing a potential new deal between China and the United States after the two sides stepped back from a trade war, France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Sunday. “The United States and China risk entering an agreement at the expense of Europe if Europe is not capable of showing a firm hand,” Le Maire told CNEWS television. “The United States wants to make Europe and European countries pay for China’s bad behavior. All of that is totally absurd and incomprehensible for allies,” he said. His comments came after a joint statement issued in Washington...
  • EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms

    05/17/2018 2:21:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.17.2018 | cmb/msh (dpa, Reuters, AP)
    European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced Thursday that the bloc plans to reactivate a law that would seek to block European companies from complying with any sanctions the US would reintroduce against Iran. Juncker’s announcement came during the second day of an EU meeting in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which had already been marked by sharp criticism from European leaders over American President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. […] German-headquartered insurance firm Allianz and Danish shopping company Maersk have already said they plan to close operations in Iran in order...
  • Denmark's Maersk Tankers ends Iran shipping after renewed US sanctions

    05/17/2018 9:43:01 AM PDT · by Salman · 10 replies
    The Local (Denmark) ^ | 17 May 2018 | AFP/The Local
    Danish shipping group Maersk Tankers on Thursday said it would cease its activities in Iran due to the US decision to leave a landmark nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against Tehran. Maersk Tankers would honour customer agreements entered into before May 8th, but then wind them down by November 4th, "as required by the reimposed US sanctions," the company told AFP. The group said it "has been transporting cargoes for customers in and out of Iran on a limited basis," without providing precise figures for its activities.
  • EU takes Germany to court over poor quality of air

    05/17/2018 1:59:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 May 2018 12:56 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The European Commission said Thursday it is taking Germany, France, the United Kingdom and three other EU countries to court for failing to comply with the bloc’s air quality standards. The Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, gave the six, also including Italy, Hungary and Romania, a last chance in January to take the required steps to improve air quality after years of warnings. However, EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella told a press conference in Brussels the six, which include Europe’s top four economies, had not acted quickly enough. […] Vella had also given Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia...
  • Irish lawmakers call for boycott of Israel

    05/14/2018 6:32:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    INN ^ | 05/14/18 04:06 | Ben Ariel
    Two European Parliament lawmakers from Ireland on Sunday expressed support for boycotting Israel following its winning the Eurovision song contest, JTA reported. Lynn Boylan of Ireland’s far-left Sinn Féin party wrote on Twitter following Saturday’s win, “Israel wins Eurovision so let’s make BDS more successful than ever in 2019.” Nessa Childers, another Irish lawmaker for the Party of European Socialists, retweeted Boylan’s message, adding the word: “This!” She later wrote: “Jerusalem? The mind boggles. I thought Tel Aviv.” Órla Nic Biorna, a regional lawmaker for Sinn Féin, an Irish nationalist movement that was affiliated with the now-defunct Provisional Irish Republican...
  • Restored monarchy gains young Germans’ support

    04/26/2013 11:17:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Apr 13 17:32 CET | (The Local/jcw)
    One in five Germans would like to see the monarchy restored, according to a survey released on Thursday. Young Germans were even keener on replacing the president with a new Kaiser. … Despite swelling support among the young, most Germans still oppose the idea. 51 percent of all respondents said that having a king or queen would cost too much money. Sixty nine percent said they were completely against the idea. …
  • Revolt: Three EU nations block resolution meant to “embarrass and isolate” the White House

    05/13/2018 4:51:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | May 13, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    Preparations are underway for the grand opening of the new United States embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. While the President won’t be able to attend as he prepares for his summit with North Korea, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have arrived to do the honors along with a number of other delegates. But not everyone is quite so thrilled with this development, particularly in some parts of the European Union. They were preparing to put forward a resolution condemning the embassy move, delivering a statement which was explicitly designed to “embarrass and isolate the Trump administration” ahead of the ceremony....
  • Is France Really an Ally of the United States?

    05/13/2018 8:27:39 AM PDT · by yoe · 150 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | May 13, 2018 | Guy Milličre
    No-go zones are growing rapidly in the suburbs of all of France's main cities. Shanty towns built by illegal migrants from Africa and the Middle East have sprung up in parts of Marseilles and Paris in the last few years. Islamization is everywhere. In hundreds of mosques, imams deliver fiery anti-Western speeches. Churches are vandalized. The number of rapes is rapidly increasing. Groups of veiled women roam the streets and insult the "immodest", unveiled, women. Macron's most important project since he was elected has been the creation of new Islamic institutions destined to adapt France to Islam -- not to...
  • Paris attacker born in Chechnya, was on radicalism database

    05/13/2018 7:49:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2018 7:26 AM | Angela Charlton
    The man behind a deadly knife attack in central Paris was born in Chechnya and had been on police radar for radicalism, and his parents have been detained for questioning, French authorities said Sunday. Counterterrorism investigators are working to determine whether the man who stabbed five people in a busy neighborhood in the heart of the French capital Saturday night had any help. The attacker killed a 29-year-old man and wounded four others, before being shot by police. Among the injured was a 34-year-old man from Luxembourg, the foreign ministry of the small country north of France said in a...
  • Attacker yells 'Allahu Akbar,' stabs five in Paris before police take him down

    05/12/2018 4:42:27 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/12/18 | Steve Almasy and Eva Tapiero
    The person who stabbed five people in Paris on Saturday night, killing one, yelled the Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is great," during the attack, city prosecutor François Molins told reporters at the scene. Four people were wounded during the Saturday night knife attack in the touristy 2nd arrondissement, or district, of Paris. Two of the victims were gravely wounded and two others were lightly injured, police said The attacker, who French President Emmanuel Macron called a terrorist, is dead, according to police. The media wing of ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published online. The...
  • Angela Merkel at Catholic Convention: 'We want to strengthen multilateralism'

    05/12/2018 9:48:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.11.2018 | Carla Bleiker
    She’s the most high-profile guest of the “Katholikentag,” Germany’s Catholic Convention: Chancellor Angela Merkel came to the five-day event in Münster as it turned its attention to international politics on Friday. Merkel called the US decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal “a cause of great concern,” in a panel discussion and emphasized the role of international cooperation when confronting crises. […] Merkel has come under criticism for a refugee policy that some conservatives call too generous and how best to integrate, support or expel asylum-seekers continues to divide many in Germany. Cardinal Peter Turkson, a prefect in the Vatican...
  • Germany seeks Russian support after Donald Trump's Iran decision

    05/12/2018 9:27:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.11.2018 | Jefferson Chase
    One unintended consequence of Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement has been to bring Germany and Russia together again. German-Russian relations had soured because of alleged Russian cyberattacks and the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea. But the US President’s hardline policy on around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran has intensified the search for common ground in Berlin and Moscow. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on May 18, and on Friday morning the two spoke on the telephone. “The importance of...
  • Germany's Heiko Maas slams US over Iran 'disappointment' [foreign minister]

    05/12/2018 9:06:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.11.2018 | dj/kms (dpa, Reuters)
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Berlin is set to change its policy towards the US after Washington’s walkout on the Iran nuclear deal. In the comments published by the German Spiegel magazine on Friday, Maas addressed the diplomatic crisis that saw Donald Trump ignore the appeals of the USA’s European allies to keep the deal in place. While Germany intends to continue seeking cooperation with the US, Maas said his country would take a tougher stance towards Washington.“We are prepared to talk, negotiate and also fight for our interests where necessary,” Maas told Spiegel. “This goes for all levels,...
  • 'Catastrophic': Denmark reacts to US break with Europe over Iran deal

    05/11/2018 8:02:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 9 May 2018 07:43 CEST+02:00 | Michael Barrett
    Leading politicians in Denmark were broadly critical of the announcement on Tuesday by President Donald Trump that the United States would violate the Iran nuclear deal. In a statement at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said the US would “exit the Iran deal” agreed with other major powers in 2015, and warned that “any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could be strongly sanctioned”. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, was agreed in 2015 between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus...
  • EU warns against euroskepticism as populists prepare to govern Italy

    05/11/2018 7:53:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.it ^ | 11 May 2018 17:32 CEST+02:00
    EU leaders expressed concern on Friday about the rise of populism within the bloc, fueled by the migrant crisis, as Italy came a step closer to forming its first anti-establishment government. “Being a good Italian also means being a good European citizen. It needs to be repeated out loud, especially now,” EU parliament head Antonio Tajani said at the State of the Union conference in the Tuscan city of Florence. Italy’s populist Five Star Movement and far-right League party are currently locked in negotiations to form a coalition to lead the country. Should they succeed, the new government would represent...
  • Former Obama Officials Suggest European States Expel U.S. Ambassadors Over Iran Deal Withdrawal

    05/11/2018 7:22:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 5/11/18 | Alex Griswold
    Two former Obama administration officials suggested in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday that European countries allied with the United States could expel American ambassadors in retaliation for President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. "Europe Doesn't Have to Be Trump's Doormat," wrote Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson. Simon served as the National Security Council's senior director for the Middle East and North Africa, while Stevenson served as the regional director for political-military affairs. "After months of swaggering hesitation, President Trump finally announced the United States' withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, to which Britain, France,...
  • Macron urges Germany to step up at 'historic moment' for EU

    05/11/2018 7:28:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.de ^ | 10 May 2018 08:55 CEST+02:00
    France’s President Emmanuel Macron urged Germany to take on the mantle as a leading force reforming Europe at a “historic moment” for the bloc, hours before he was due to receive a key award Thursday for his efforts in boosting EU cohesion. With Berlin so far proving resistant to his flagship reform proposals for the European Union such as a common finance minister or budget, Macron stressed the importance for the bloc to speak with one voice. At a time when the United States is going its own way in ditching the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord,...
  • Anger over Irish decision to honor “mass murderer” Che Guevara with stamp

    10/10/2017 5:01:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Irish Central ^ | October 10, 2017 04:54 AM | Irish Central Staff
    A Cuban-American radio host and Irish politicians have called on An Post, Ireland’s postal service, to explain their decision to launch a €1 stamp featuring a portrait of Che Guevara by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick. Ninoska Perez Castellón, a prominent member of the Cuban exile community in Miami and radio host, told RTE’s "Morning Ireland" show, the stamp honoring Che Guevara would “celebrate a man who slaughtered so many people.” An Post’s plan was announced on Friday to coincide with Monday’s 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s execution (October 9). Castellón, who works at Miami 710 Radio, said regardless of the...